Leonard Fournette could not have garnered curiosity on the Jaguars’ buying and selling block, however the lately waived working again has reportedly drawn consideration from groups after clearing waivers.
Amongst these events, per The Athletic: the Patriots.
The Patriots have expressed curiosity in Leonard Fournette, per supply. We’ll see if it results in something. The fourth total decide from 2017 has been a free agent for about 24 hours.
— Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) September 2, 2020
A transfer to New England can be attention-grabbing for Fournette, for a number of causes; chief amongst them is the actual fact he has been his crew’s chief in dashing makes an attempt every of his first three years within the league — even in 2018, when he performed in solely eight video games. Invoice Belichick usually employs a working again by committee, nonetheless, with former Alabama working again Damien Harris reportedly seeking to tackle a bigger function after a superb camp.
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But Fournette — a two-time 1,000-yard rusher who compiled greater than 1,600 yards from scrimmage in 2019 — might bolster a steady of working backs through which Sony Michel and Lamar Miller are coming off foot and knee accidents, respectively. New England additionally has Harris, James White and Rex Burkhead on its roster, as effectively.
One thing else to contemplate is Fournette’s reported “selfishness” as his crew struggled to 5-11 and 6-10 seasons in 2018 and ’19, respectively. The No. four decide of the 2017 NFL Draft reportedly didn’t reply effectively to his crew’s shedding seasons.
“On the finish of the day, I need to win,” Fournette informed ESPN on Aug. 15. “Who doesn’t need to win? I got here from a 2017 season with a crew who was 10-6, we had (a superb) expertise stage after which the following couple of years went down the drain. So I simply need to tackle a number of issues, too, particularly because the media got here out and mentioned I used to be an offended man.
“No. 1, would you be offended if you happen to’re shedding week in and week out? That’s one among my largest issues; I do get upset after we lose and it takes me some time to recover from it. I anticipate, similar to anyone else, if you happen to put the work in, you need the W, however a number of occasions final 12 months it didn’t go like that.”
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That mentioned, the Patriots are usually not aware of the amount of losses Fournette skilled with the Jaguars every of the final two seasons. New England has received the AFC East yearly since 2009, hasn’t misplaced fewer than 10 video games since 2002 and hasn’t suffered a shedding season since 2000.
As for Fournette’s reported selfishness, Belichick’s team-first method — i.e., “Do your job” — ought to quell any points the previous LSU again may need in any other case skilled. It is clear Belichick is keen to tackle gamers with behavioral points as effectively, as evidenced by the crew signing Antonio Brown final September.
If the Patriots can handle to signal Fournette to their roster, it is perhaps a superb funding contemplating he would virtually definitely take stress away from lately signed Cam Newton. In keeping with Sporting Information’ Vinnie Iyer, a number of different groups for whom Fournette can be a superb embody Washington, Tampa Bay and Philadelphia.